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Joe DiMaggio

JOE DIMAGGIO

  

joe dimaggio

Holds ML record for hitting in the most consecutive games (56).

Played on 10 AL champion and 9 World Series champion teams in 13 years.

 

Career Totals:

AVG

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

.325

1736

6821

1390

2214

389

131

361

1537

790

369

DiMaggio was bought by the Yankees in 1936. A disc jockey wrote a hit song called "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio." A Cincinnati high school class was asked to name the greatest American of all time; George Washington finished second to DiMaggio.

After his return from military service, DiMaggio had a sub-par 1946, hitting only .290. The next spring, he was almost traded for Williams. (The deal fell through when Boston also asked for Yogi Berra.) DiMaggio responded by winning his third MVP award in 1947 and blasting two home runs in the World Series.

On February 7, 1949, DiMaggio became the first $100,000 ballplayer and, despite serious injuries, helped the Yanks win the pennant. In 1951 he retired with a .325 career batting average, having played on All-Star teams in every year of major league service. He was named to the Hall of Fame in 1955.

Despite serving on the boards of the A's and Orioles, a turbulent marriage to Marilyn Monroe, commercials for banks and coffeemakers, and an involvement in signing memorabilia for profit, DiMaggio retains his aura of heroism. In 1989 former All-Star outfielder Andy Pafko said, "Even today I look up to him. And he's never disappointed me."

 

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